Saturday 13 November 2010

Enchanted (2007) - Kevin Lima


Ok, being a twenty-something cynical male I was never going to like this.  But still...really?  I had to sit with a sick bucket next to me...

The concept behind it is actually quite good, giving the Disney cartoon a 21st century reality check.  It's just the execution is terrible.  I know it's a children's film, but the comedy was completely juvenile.  It has none of the family humour of the Pixar films and none of the memorable songs of the Disney classics.  Yes, I realise it's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and over the top.  And no, I'm not averse to a 'girly' Disney film - I'd happily watch Sleeping Beauty or The Little Mermaid.  But it is possible to make a comedy Disney film without completely ridiculing its history.  The only people who could possibly enjoy this film are 4 year old 'princesses'.

Yet it does still have some Disney charm.  And somewhere, deep down in my cold heart, a miniscule spark of romance was lit.  Kind of.  We all need a bit of fantasy in our lives, but let's not get carried away...